Iowa offensive coordinator Greg Davis retires


Iowa offensive coordinator Greg Davis retires

Iowa will have a new offensive coordinator for the 2017 season after Greg Davis announced his retirement Friday.

Davis spent the past five seasons as the Hawkeyes' offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. He had a 43-year career as a college football coach, including stints as the head coach at Tulane and as the offensive coordinator at Arkansas, North Carolina and Texas prior to his time in Iowa City.

"I have had a wonderful five years with the Hawkeye football program," Davis said in the announcement. "I would like to thank coach (Kirk) Ferentz, the entire staff, our players and Iowa fans everywhere. (Wife) Patsy and I have enjoyed our time in Iowa and not just the football part of it. The people of Iowa City and Hawkeye fans have been great. While we have our home in Dallas, there is no doubt we will be Hawkeye fans forever.
"This is my decision, but not a decision that was reached lightly. I remain passionate about the game of football and enjoyed teaching football to our players every day. Patsy has been a trooper through all these years. We have learned and enjoyed every step along the way. It's time for me to get closer to our family."

Iowa won 39 games in the five seasons Davis served as Ferentz's offensive coordinator, including that 12-win campaign in 2015, the winningest season in program history.

This past season, the Iowa offense not very effective, ranking 10th in the Big Ten in scoring (24.9 points a game) and 12th in the conference in yardage (325 yards a game).

The Hawkeyes ended their season with a thud, losing 30-3 to Florida in Monday's Outback Bowl.

There will be plenty of turnover on the Iowa offense next season. In addition to losing Davis, senior quarterback C.J. Beathard and senior running back LeShun Daniels Jr. will be moving on.

"I cannot thank Greg Davis enough for what he has meant to Iowa football these past five seasons," Ferentz said in the announcement. "Greg possesses a great football mind, and he brought a perspective and expertise to our program that made every one of our coaches and players better. Greg's coaching career spanned five decades, from high school to the biggest stage in college football — and each day he exemplified passion for the game while instilling character in his players. That is 'love for the game,' and without Greg, there's a little less of that in football today.

"Greg will be the first to admit he owes so much of his coaching success to his wife, Patsy. They were a wonderful team in Iowa City, and all of us with the Iowa football program wish them the very best."

Melo Trimble leaving Maryland for NBA Draft


Melo Trimble leaving Maryland for NBA Draft

A move several years in the making finally came Tuesday, with Maryland point guard Melo Trimble ending his collegiate career and declaring for the NBA Draft.

Trimble has been a candidate to depart the Terps for the NBA in each of the past two offseasons. He opted to stick around after a dazzling freshman campaign to join up with a group that entered the 2015-16 season as one of college basketball's national championship contenders. But his sophomore year saw a significant dip in his shooting numbers, and therefore a dip in his draft stock, bringing him back for his junior season.

Trimble was once again one of the best guards in the Big Ten this past season, and now his departure to the pros has finally come. In hiring an agent, Trimble is forgoing his senior season.

"I am confident and excited to pursue an opportunity to play in the NBA," Trimble said in Tuesday's announcement. "I am proud of what my teammates and I were able to accomplish these past three seasons at Maryland. I developed many great relationships and friendships, and together we able to create some very special moments for Maryland basketball.

"I want to thank coach (Mark) Turgeon for all of his support. He always believed in me. He challenged me and really helped in the development of my overall game. I am a more complete basketball player because of coach Turgeon and the coaching staff. To stay at home and attend the University of Maryland is the best decision that I ever made, and it was truly special to play in front of my family, friends and our amazing fans. Maryland will always be home."

In his three seasons, Trimble ended up in the top 15 in program history in scoring, assists, made free throws and made 3-pointers. Maryland won 79 games in Trimble's three seasons and finished in the top three in the Big Ten standings in each campaign.

As a freshman in 2014-15, Trimble averaged 16.2 points a game, shooting 44.4 percent from the field and 41.2 percent from 3-point range. He earned All-Big Ten First Team honors in his first year and was recognized as one of the country's top freshman guards, spurring speculation then that he would be a one-and-done player.

But with a trio of huge additions for 2015-16 — Robert Carter Jr., Rasheed Sulaimon and Diamond Stone — the Terps were looking like a national-title contender, and Trimble decided to stay for his sophomore season. While his scoring numbers decreased — he averaged 14.8 points a game and shot 41 percent from the field and 31.5 percent from 3 — Trimble helped Maryland reach the Sweet Sixteen for the first time in 13 years with nearly five assists a game.

His draft stock diminished, Trimble opted for one more season in College Park and saw his scoring average rise to a career-high 16.8 points per game while shooting 43.6 percent from the field. Trimble was once again named to the All-Big Ten First Team this season.

"Melo informed me that he has decided to enter his name in the NBA Draft," Turgeon said in the announcement. "Melo Trimble is a winner and helped change the face of our program. More importantly, Melo is a special person, and I thoroughly enjoyed coaching him. He is extremely humble and always puts the team first. Melo has grown as a leader and has done an outstanding job taking our program to new heights. Melo will be celebrated as one of the all-time greats in our program's history. We are very excited for Melo as he pursues his dream of playing professional basketball."

Big man Ed Morrow Jr. transferring away from Nebraska


Big man Ed Morrow Jr. transferring away from Nebraska

In a big blow for Tim Miles and Nebrasketball, Ed Morrow Jr. is transferring away from the program.

The Huskers announced Wednesday night that the sophomore forward, a Simeon High School product, is leaving the team to join up with another.

"I want to say thank you to my teammates, coaches, the fans and the University of Nebraska athletics department for giving me the opportunity to play Division I basketball," Morrow said in the announcement. "It is hard to leave home, and Nebraska is my home. I was born and raised here, it is my parents' alma mater, and I have a lot of friends here. But sometimes you have to venture out to pursue dreams and aspirations in a career. This is a sacrifice I have to make to better myself."

"I support Ed in his decision to transfer schools and wish him well," Miles said in the announcement. "We appreciate his hard work over the last two years. Although I am disappointed, we will continue to recruit young men who are committed to our mission of building Nebraska basketball with a culture of success in all areas ... life, school and winning basketball at its highest level."

Morrow was one of several key players for the Huskers this past season and one expected to help better the team in the years to come. He averaged 9.4 points and 7.5 rebounds a game in 24 games, his season cut down by seven games due to a foot injury. In addition to being the team's leading rebounder, he had a team-high 27 blocked shots on the season.

It's a tough blow for the Huskers, as Morrow becomes the latest player to leave the team this offseason, and frequent roster change is becoming an unfortunate offseason tradition under Miles.

Last season, it was Andrew White III, Nebraska's best player, who transferred away to Syracuse after testing the NBA Draft waters.

Miles will welcome in three new players next season, including transfers from Georgetown and Miami, and the Huskers return three starters from this year's squad.